This season we invite you to grow your connections with the gifts you give. Give inspiration, give great memories, but most importantly, give love and glad tidings! Take a look at these suggestions for ways to spread some holiday cheer.
Plan a Feast
Whether you are prepping for a big holiday meal or just cooking up some gift treats, Longfellow Market is an old-fashioned grocery store that is big on charm. They have locally sourced grocery items, frozen foods, fresh produce, fresh baked bread and even bulk spices. So, grab those holiday favorites and save $5 on your purchase of $40 or more.
If you love a farmers market, you don’t have to wait for spring! Mill City Farmers Market is open throughout the winter with 40 local farmers, artists, and artisan food makers tucked inside the Mill City Museum. You will find an abundance of winter crops like squash, greens, carrots, potatoes and other root vegetables as well as farm-fresh eggs, dairy, meat, bread, and jams. You don’t even need to worry about carrying cash because you can purchase market tokens with any major credit card and spend them at any vendor. The tokens make great stocking stuffers as well, so grab a few and you will get one $5 token with the purchase of $40 in market tokens.
2. Give a Great Foundation
A proper pair of shoes can be one of the most important self-care items you can invest in. KEEN is known for their revolutionary hiking, sailing, and work shoes, which have attracted the attention of celebrities, engineers, and outdoor aficionados alike. KEEN’s tough but stylish designs are state-of-the-art when it comes to foot protection and body alignment, but they also very committed to sustainability and community support. You can see for yourself and save $10 off your online purchase.
3. Create a Lasting Memory
Holiday season is all about making memories and you can make lasting ones at Children’s Theater Company. CTC is known for their creative spins on classic fables and fairy tales, like their 2-actor take on Snow White (now through December 8) and raucous, modern twist on Cinderella (through January 5). And, since you can save $10 off full or partial-season subscription purchases, those memories will just keep coming.
4. Plus Up their Insta
Walk into 14 Hill gift shop and you might just feel like you stepped into an Instagram account. The well-curated, beautifully-designed shop is full of home goods, local art and jewelry, toys, books, stationary, kitchenware, and novelty items; so it’s a great place to shop when you are stumped about what to get for that certain someone on your list. Pick up something truly unique and save $5 off your purchase of $25 or more.
5. Give Them a Secret Weapon
For budding chefs and professionals alike, Cooks of Crocus Hill is the perfect place to find that special tool to take their signature dish to the next level. Whether you are looking for a gift for a foodie or looking to stock up for your own holiday gatherings, you are likely to find something that will satisfy your cravings. Browse through cookware, tableware, cutlery and a vast array of gadgets and crockery, or sign up for one of their cooking classes that will teach you how to impress with anything from pie to paella. Save 20% off an in-store purchase.
Ten Thousand Villages has hand-crafted items made by artisans in 38 countries from all over the world. It’s a gift that makes a difference, not just for the person receiving it, but also for an artist or a family somewhere across the globe. Their sustainable, Fair Trade products are a celebration of craft and culture that you can feel good about giving and right now, you can save $25 off a purchase of $100 or more.
6. Knit One, Give Two
Knit and Bolt is an independent yarn and fabric shop in Northeast Minneapolis that houses a surprisingly large collection of crafting supplies. They feature local yarns and other fibers from around the world as well as fabric from makers like Robert Kaufman and Alexander Henry. Step inside and you’ll find a delightful selection of kits and gift sets that are perfect for the crafty person on your list. Even better, you will save $5 off your purchase of $25 or more.
Located in a renovated old home in the historic Victoria Crossing neighborhood of St. Paul, The Yarnery has a homey, welcoming vibe and a great selection of products for all price ranges and skill levels. Their collection of yarn features fibers that range from mid to high-end with popular brands like Malabrigo and Blue Sky Fibers as well as a number of lovely local yarns. Find yourself a new project just in time for DIY gift season and save $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.
7. Spin Them Right Round
If you’re looking to score some vinyl for the music lover in your life, Down in the Valley Records is a great place to start. They have that classic record store vibe from the good old days and they specialize in hard-to-find new and used titles. What started as a labor-of-love basement space in 1972 has grown into a full-service store with records, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, turntables, and a plethora of fun pop culture memorabilia. So, go ahead and dig for treasure, because you will save 20% off your entire purchase.
8. Get the Band Back Together
If the music enthusiast in your life is more of doer than a listener, give them the gift of their dreams from Music Go Round. From guitars to amps, mixers to microphones, and everything in between, Music Go Round has all of the new and used equipment they need to finally get the band back together. After all, nothing says festive like a Fender Stratocaster. What’s more, you can now save 5% off your purchase of $99.99 or more.
9. Turn Over a New Leaf
Of course, being happy and healthy starts from within and at Body and Soul Apothecary, you can find everything you need to bring harmony and balance to your life. Lisa Marie Haley, the practitioner behind it all, is an energy healer who hosts a regular podcast called Everything is Energy. Haley can tailor treatments you personally and leave you with the tools you need to discover your most radiant self. Keep your days merry and bright by saving 20% off of energy healing, trainings, and clairvoyant readings.
For all the self-care enthusiasts in your life (and let’s face it, shouldn’t we all be?) CBD is on-trend to be the most popular gift. Vital Leaf is a wellness company that offers artisan CBD products like fair-trade, organic chocolate, elixirs, capsules, and body balms. Their products are made with full-spectrum hemp oil and are excellent at supporting balance by influencing your mood, sleep patterns, pain perception, and immunity. Shop their website and save 20% off of your total purchase.
So, go ahead and bake a pie, knit some socks, or take in a show with someone you love. Gathering together is what this season is all about. And stay tuned: Gift Guide #2 will have some great tips for how to keep it local and low impact for all you last minute gifts this year.